School of Divinity

AHRC funding 2020

The University of Edinburgh is part of a consortium of 10 Universities awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland.

***The application deadline for this round of funding has now passed***

The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is comprised of the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highlands & Islands, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde, Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The partnership offers a number of PhD studentships each year, through an open studentship competition.

As a participating subject area within the University of Edinburgh, the School of Divinity will consider application for awards in the following subject areas:

  • Ethics and Practical Theology
  • Hebrew and Old Testament Studies
  • History of Christianity
  • Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations
  • New Testament and Christian Origins
  • Religious Studies
  • Science and Religion
  • Systematic Theology
  • World Christianity


Please refer to the the SGSAH website. 

SGSAH website


Step 1 Apply for a PhD programme in the School of Divinity no later than Monday 2 December 2019*.  (If you are currently a first year PhD student with us, please see Step 2). 

Step 2 Complete the SGSAH studentship application form* and return it to the School by Monday 9 December 2019

Step 3 The University will select and nominate applicants to go forward to the next stage of the competition. We will notify you of our decision by email by the end of January 2020.

Step 4 Nominated applicants submit the full SGSAH application form to the SGSAH online portal by mid-February. Final funding decisions will be made by the SGSAH by the end of April 2020. SGSAH will notify applicants by email.

If you intend to apply for an AHRC Scholarship, please email to register your interest. Applications which do not meet the deadlines will not be considered.

*To apply for a PhD programme, visit the Postgraduate Degree Finder, navigate to your chosen programme, click on Apply.

**The SGSAH studentship application form can be found on their How to Apply page:

SGSAH How to apply

Information session: Wednesday 6 November 2019

The SGSAH will host an information session for prospective applicants/ current students, about the SGSAH open studentship competition, on Wednesday 6 November 2019, 10-11am, in Room G.159 – MacLaren Stuart Room, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL. Please register for the event through Eventbrite:

Register for the SGSAH information event through Eventbrite

Contact us

Please address enquiries about the application process for these awards to